Product Type: Lush Hand & Nail Care
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Lush Handy Gurugu
Author Name: daisylee3
Advantages: Moisturizing, softening, absorbs well!
Disadvantages: Price & Grains! :-(
What Is Handy Gurugu?
Handy Gurugu is a hand cream handmade by Lush. The hand cream is completely natural and free of any preservatives or nasties such as chemicals and artificial smells or flavourings. The hand cream contains lots of goodness such as shea butter, lemon juice, almond butter and so on - if you are interested in seeing the full list of ingredients then simply go to the Lush website and type the product name into the search bar and it will display all information including the list of ingredients which is rather long but everything seems to be legit - nothing looks (or sounds!) sinister and the hand cream is also 100% cruelty free (Lush do not test on animals), fair trade and it is suitable for Vegans. I was really impressed that this product contains Shea Butter and I have heard nothing but good things about this particular ingredient as it is apparently great at softening and smoothing dry and rough skin. The hand cream is designed to moisturize, soothe and soften the hands. I don't have particullary dry, cracked or 'haggard' hands, but I do like keeping them nice and soft and well looked after as with the rest on my body.
Price and Availability
The price is definetly this products down fall, as at £7.25 for a not-so-generous portion of 100 grams, it isn't exactly cheap, not in my opinion anyway! This product is available in most Lush stores. I got my little tub of it from my local store which is the Sheffield store, which is fairly large.I would imagine it sells quite quickly as it is pretty popular as far as I am aware, so smaller stores may not always have it in stock, however if you are interested in purchasing this but find your local Lush doesn't have it in stock, it is also available via the Lush website. I would personally reccomend seeing if your local store has this in stock (if you have one!) before buying it online to save on postage costs - it's expensive enough as it is! The Handy Gurugu is also available on the .com Lush website meaning that even if you're not from here in the UK, you will still be able to purchase and use this product which I think is good, but obviously postage charges aren't exactly cheap!
The hand cream comes in one of the little black Lush pots - pretty much identical to the pots that the face masks come in but as this is only 100g of product the pot is quite small. The pot is circular and as I said before is black in colour. It has white writing on with the product name, a brief description and the ingredients. The lid just simply pulls off and it has a brief description on the lid as well as the Lush logo. The description on the lid states that the hand cream was made in Gurugu Village, Ghana. This makes me feel like it was worth the hefty price tag as (presumably) a percentage of the profits from the hand cream goes to the workers in the village. Lush describe this hand cream as "helpful and heavenly" which pretty much does sum this cream up! Overall, the packaging is very bland, it is nothing eye catching however it is easy to recognise that it is a Lush product just from glancing at it. It is also definetly packaged in a way so it is unisex and it won't put men off as it isn't made obvious what the tub contains - this wouldn't look out of place in a bloke's bedroom.
Product Smell and Texture
The hand cream is thick. Very, very thick. You know Angel Delight? When it's set? Well it's pretty much the same texture as that. I didn't expect it to be half as thick as it is and expected it to be nice and lightweight, which it isn't unless you're extremely careful with how much you apply. The texture is smooth but it does have small grains in it for some bizzare reason - I didn't buy this to exfoliate my hands, so I have no clue why they put grainy bits into it. The grainy bits definetly ruin the product - I bought this cream intending to put it on just before bed and wear it overnight, letting it sink into my skin, but unfortunetly the grains make my hands feel quite sticky and dirty so I end up washing it off after 20 minutes or so. Then again, everyone has there own preferences and some of you might actually prefer a grainy to a smooth hand cream, but I don't! Anyway, enough ranting - this actually isn't a bad product despite the unneccesary grains, and it smells gorgeous! The smell is quite hard to describe. It has a very vanilla-rey type smell but you can definetly smell the Shea Butter in it and it has a strange but pleasant earthy undertone which makes the product quite unique and balances all the smells out - I think if it didn't have the earthy undertone it'd be too sweet, and the undertone makes the cream more appealing to a wider age range of people - it's not sickly sweet but not 'mature' smelling either - it's inbetween. It's a nice relaxing smell and reminds me a bit of aromatherapy oils. This contains Rose Water and I was half hoping it would have a slightly floral smell but unfortunetly it doesn't! :-( Colour wise, it's a nice shade of baby blue which is pretty.
How To Use
Using this cream is simple and I doubt I need to explain it to you, but I will anyway as I like to be as thorough as possible in my reviews! As this cream comes in a tub, and not a pump/dispenser, you do have to either use your finger tips, a spatula, a loofah or perhaps cotton wool to apply it. I personally use a wooden lolly stick (which obviously is thoroughly clean before you start thinking i'm gross!) I simply dip the stick into the pot and get a generous but not over the top amount of cream and apply it onto my hands. I then rub it in, making sure there are no blobs left as I don't want to waste a single drop considering the price!
This hand cream feels very refreshing. It is quite heavy feeling at first but once rubbed into my skin it is not noticeable as it absorbs so quickly. It doesn't leave my hands greasy or sticky although it does leave them feeling slightly moist which I personally like. It does leave the small black gritty things which is annoying as I usually have to wait until the cream has completely absorbed until I wash my hands which is a bit of a pain, especially if i'm in a rush. Once the hand cream has absorbed my hands feel so soft and silky and just generally better, they feel really refreshed and hyrdrated if that makes sense! The smell lingers nicely, even after i've washed my hands, and it isn't that sort of 'old lady' hand cream type of smell, it's really pleasant and doesn't clash with my perfume at all.
This hand cream is effective and pretty nice to use but the grainy bits spoil it! I would much prefer it to be smooth in texture as I see no point in the grains. On a plus side, this hand cream is moisturizing and smells great. Although this is expensive, if you're careful with the amount you apply, the 100 gram tub should last you for around 2 weeks to a month with daily use. I would really reccomend this to anyone who is after a new hand cream as it has definetly made a difference to my hands despite them not been too bad in the first place - it will definetly sort out rough hands with no problem. I would also reccomend any men who have 'workers hands' to give this a go - it honestly doesn't smell too feminine and it works wonders :)
Summary: An effective but expensive hand cream from Lush!
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